Isaac Asimov Interviewed by Bill Boggs
Isaac Asimov interviewed on Midday with Bill Boggs, an interview show that ran from 1975 -1986. This interview was recorded when Asimov had just published Foundation’s Edge, which came out in June 1982. He tells how came to writing the book after years of not writing science fiction novels. He gives a synopsis of the Foundation Trilogy, which was written in the early 1950’s when he was in twenties, decades before he wrote the new book. Asimov discusses his writing method, non fiction and fiction.
Boggs asks him to tell some jokes and he complies. He gives his prediction of cities in the future, and the invention of smart phones, gps, and more. He is surprisingly prescient. He and Bill Boggs enjoy an exchange on how these things will change regular people’s lives. For a segment of the program viewers phoned in questions. Asimov talks about the possibility that humans will cause their own extinction. He discusses some of his stories, in particular The Last Question, his favorite. What will be the relationship between robots and humans as robots surpass humans in intelligence? What are the risks of genetic engineering?
They talk about life in Athens during the golden age of Greece and in early Jamestown Virginia.
A phone caller questions Asimov on UFO’s and Asimov gives his thoughts on the existence of extraterrestrial life. Another caller asks about humans living off the planet in space stations and other settings and why people may want to do that. Asimov gives his thought on what happens at death and the soul. He tells of his continuing interest in reading science fiction and the Star Wars films and Star Trek. This is an enjoyable and revealing interview.